Ding ding! Time’s up!
Today is week 6 of the One Room Challenge Linking Event. That means it is Reveal Day! I can’t even believe how quickly six weeks went by. There were challenges, but it has all been worth it. My husband was a real trooper, helping out much more than I originally thought I would need (silly me thought I could do it all on my own!). I owe him a huge thanks, especially for his patience as he lived with the mess that lived outside the mudroom while inside the mudroom was being made all pretty. And, of course, a huge Thank You is due to Linda for hosting this event at Calling it Home. Be sure to visit and check out all of the participants.
Let’s see what we started with:
A messy messy mudroom!
Bathroom access is also through the mudroom.
What is all that STUFF?!
And now, here’s what we’ve got!
We reused our old hooks, but my husband added another layer to the trim under the hooks to dress it up a bit. I hemmed and hawed about how to hang the boys’ art, but finally decided to cover the interior of some black frames with burlap and use pushpins to hold the art. We mounted the frames using Command Velcro Strips, so they hang flush against the wall.
We added a lower piece of moulding with hooks so the boys can hang their own backpacks and coats. Hopefully they will, after a bit of training!
I purchased the natural fiber roman shade for the window, which was really needed to help complete the space. We reused our old dining room chandelier to replace the Schoolhouse Electric one. I love it because it is so unexpected! But really, every room needs a chandelier, right?!
I reorganized the bench – and slid the boys’ shoe basket into the middle opening. The side baskets hold all the ball caps and winter gear. I also covered the cushion in a fun pinkish fabric. I cleared off all the clutter, went through the diaper bags, and consolidated down to one purse. WooHoo! Confession here: I stole the pillows off my living room sofa. At the last minute I thought pillows would really help the bench situation (and help cover the imperfections in my sewing!). I’ll either look for a different set of pillows for the sofa, or a different set for the bench. Decisions!
We kept the same piece of art on this wall – a painting of an old Washington, D.C. gas station my husband remembers from “back in the day”.
On the other wall I had a local artist, Neil M. Shawen, paint the exterior of our home. It was an anniversary gift for my husband this year, and we had it framed and hung for the mudroom makeover.
Here’s what the room looks like as you enter from the back door. So much better!
I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. The main objective of the makeover was to be budget-friendly. I reused a lot (the rug, chandelier, the bench and baskets) and gave somethings a facelift (the cushion, painted the walls and ceiling) and purchased a few things (the window shade, the lower row of hooks, the new art, the kids’ art gallery frames). The biggest cost was time and patience, but it was well worth it. I now feel like we have a room that stands up to the rest of the house. It is finally presentable to guests, an important thing since it is one of the first rooms people see when they enter our home.
Now, let’s just see how long we can keep it looking like this! That is the true challenge!
Now I’m off to check out all the other great One Room Challenge linking reveals!~Kristen